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Fury stops Hammer; Eubank Jr beats Chudinov in ugly fight
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) defeated a very sluggish looking and incredibly slow Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) by an 8th round stoppage on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

The fight was stopped at the end of the 8th when Hammer’s corner threw in the towel. Fury knocked Hammer down with a right hand during the 5th. Other than that, it was mostly a lot of clinching and jabbing by Fury. Hammer was too slow, too weak and too limited to be competitive.

After the fight, Fury sang a brief song and at the end of it he said “I want Klitschko.”

Next fight [Wladimir] Klitschko, then [Deontay] Wilder,” Fury said.

Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy thinks he can lure Wladimir Klitschko to the UK to fight Furt in a stadium. Mick said “It definitely can happen here. It look like the fight could be done over here around September.”

In an ugly, ugly fight, #11 WBA Chris Eubank Jr (19-1, 14 KOs) defeated interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (14-1, 9 KOs) by a 12th round knockout victory. Eubank Jr flurried on a bleeding Chudinov in the 12th round to get a stoppage. In fairness to Chudinov, he was still fighting back at the time of the stoppage. On replay, Eubank Jr’s punches were all missing during the final flurry. It was a bad stoppage.

If you like watching clinching then this was the fight for you, because Eubank Jr supplied plenty of that. It was probably the most blatant amount of fight stalling clinching I’ve ever seen before.

Chudninov was cut over his right eye in the 5th round after getting hit by a head-butt from Eubank Jr. The constant clinching by Eubank Jr resulted with a lot of head clashes.

The referee Mikael Hook allowed Eubank Jr to get away with constant clinching in the fight. Indeed, I had Eubank Jr clinching over 10 times per round, and I thought he should have been disqualified or at least have had six points taken away due to the nonstop clinching. This was a fight where Eubank Jr’s constant clinching clearly impacted Chudinov’s ability to fight. I’m shocked that the referee didn’t take points away from Eubank Jr for all the clinching he was doing in the fight. What was really interesting was that Chudinov ended up getting docked a point in the 9th for losing his mouth piece for the second time in the fight. The referee took points away from Chudinov but not Eubank Jr. That was kind of what Chudinov was up against tonight.

“The guy is a hell of a fighter,” Eubank Jr said about Chudinov after the fight. “I want that rematch [with Billy Joe Saunders]. The boxing public knows I’m a level above him. I’m ready for redemption.”

Speaking about Chudinov, Eubank Jr said “He wouldn’t stop coming forward, so boxing wasn’t enough.”

Eubank Jr was clinching Chudinov to slow him down, and yeah, it was so, so ugly.

It’s interesting that Eubank Jr didn’t mention wanting to fight WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who is the main title holder for the WBA at 160. It would be great to see if Eubank Jr could clinch his way to a victory against Golovkin as well. Of course, the fight would likely take place in the United States or in Monte Carlo, and I can’t see Eubank Jr getting away with nonstop clinching like he did tonight. Eubank Jr would end up losing too many points for the nonstop holding and I could see him getting disqualified.

Other boxing results on tonight’s card:

Liam Walsh TKO 5 Joe Murray
Bradley Skeete TKO 1 Anzor Gamgebeli
Frank Buglioni TKO 1 Ivan Jukic
Boy Jones Jnr pts 4 Joe Beedon

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